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March 2nd, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Compare Penske to U-Pack​

Many of the Penske® trucks you see on the road are commercial vehicles, but they also have a truck rental options for people planning a move. Let’s take a look at the services they offer along with available truck and trailer sizes and options, then see how they compare to U-Pack long-distance moving services. 

Penske truck rental

Penske truck dimensions​

Penske offers four equipment sizes:  

12-foot truck

According to Penske, this rental truck will hold 1-2 rooms of furniture and belongings, and has room and seatbelts for two passengers. It gets up to 12 mpg with a 33-gallon fuel tank. With interior dimensions of 12’ x 6’ 6” x 6’ 1”, the loading capacity is 450 cubic feet and it can hold up to 3,100 lbs.

16-foot truck

This Penske truck can hold 2-3 rooms and 2 passengers. It gets 12 mpg with a 33-gallon tank. With interior dimensions of 16’ x 7’ 7” x 6’ 6”, there are 800 cubic feet of loading space, and it can hold 4,300 lbs.

22-foot truck

This truck can hold 3-5 rooms worth of furniture and boxes has bench-style seating that holds up to three passengers. It gets up to 10 mpg and has a 50-gallon tank (using diesel fuel). At 21’ 11” x 8’ 1” x 8’ 1” (inside dimensions), there is 1,200 cubic feet of loading space, which can hold up to 10,000 lbs.

26-foot truck

The largest Penske truck can hold 5-7 rooms and has a bench seat that holds up to three passengers. It has a 50-gallon tank and gets up to 10 mpg using diesel fuel. At 25’ 11” x 8’ 1” x 8’ 1” it has 1,700 cubic feet of loading space and can hold up to 10,000 lbs.

Which size rental is right for my move?

You can refer to the home size guidelines Penske offers to help determine what size truck you would need, but it’s also a good idea to consider how much you have to move from each room. If you have larger-than-average furniture or rooms, you may need a larger truck. Keep in mind that with truck rental, if you run out of space you may be faced with renting additional equipment or leaving things behind.

How the service works

Penske truck rental is a true “do-it-yourself” move. You pick up the equipment, load your belongings, drive it, unload it, fuel it and return it. There are two types of rentals: round-trip and one-way. Round-trip moves are typically local — you pick-up and drop-off the equipment at the same location. One-way rentals are typically long distance — pick-up and drop-off are at different locations. Prices for one-way rentals are based on a set number of days and miles (the amounts depend on the origin and destination), and extra days are available for an additional daily charge.  

Penske rental trucks are available at Penske locations and at many Home Depot® stores across the country. You have to be at least 18 years old to rent, and you need a current driver’s license along with another form of identification.

What about trailer rentals?

While Penske doesn’t rent cargo trailers (for loading household goods), they do offer towing equipment for transporting vehicles. Note that they can only be used in combination with a Penske truck. Here’s what you can get:

  • A car carrier – designed for towing front-wheel, four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles with a maximum wheel base of 125 inches.
  • A tow dolly – for towing front-wheel drive vehicles with a maximum wheel base of 125 inches.

Compare Penske prices to U-Pack

Rates can change daily based on supply, demand and availability, so it can be tough to gauge whether or not a move is a good deal until you compare it to other companies. Take a look at this sample move from Kansas City, MO to Philadelphia, PA for a studio apartment. We priced Penske and U-Pack. You may be surprised at how affordable it can be to move without picking up, dropping off or driving the moving equipment.

Penske truck rental rates​

For a small apartment, Penske recommends their 12-foot truck, at $791.10 (originally $879, discounted for online reservations) for seven days and unlimited miles. Other charges include: a $9 environmental fee, $421 for fuel (according to the rental truck fuel calculator), and taxes — local Kansas City taxes are 8.6%, coming at $68.03 for the truck rental. If you want liability coverage, they offer a Limited Damage Waiver for $175, In total, this move would cost around $1,464.13.

U-Pack rates

U-Pack recommends one ReloCube container for this move, at $1,531. This includes the equipment, transportation, fuel, basic liability coverage and taxes. If you prefer a little more space, the moving trailer option is also available. For 7 linear feet in a trailer, the cost could be $1,760.  Either way, for just a little more money, you can move without having to drive or deal with the hassle of a rental truck.

Compare prices for your move​

Compare prices to find the best option for your move. Get a free moving quote from U-Pack and compare it with Penske prices. Have questions or want to learn more about how you can save with U-Pack? Leave a comment below or call 800-413-4799.

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